May 11, 2008

Chaitén Volcano Images

After more than 9,000 years of silence, Chaitén Volcano in southern Chile erupted on May 2, 2008. The plume of ash and steam rose 10.7 to 16.8 kilometers (35,000 to 55,000 feet) into the atmosphere. Nearly all 4,000 residents of the coastal town of Chaiten, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the 1,000-meter (3,280-foot) volcano, were evacuated over the weekend.

Radiocarbon dating of the last lava flow from Chaitén Volcano suggests that the volcano last erupted in 7420 BC, plus or minus 75 years. Take a look at these images of Chaitén Volcano.


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